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Death Takes No Holiday

March 04, 1989|Clipboard researched by Kathie Bozanich, Susan Davis Greene and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

According to the county coroner's office, death is on the march. There were 14,470 deaths in the county last year, a 5% increase from 1987 and 9% from 1986. More people succumb to Pluto during December and January than the other months. Here's the monthly toll during the last 3 years:

Monthly Monthly Month 1988 1987 1986 Total Average January 1,414 1,236 1,343 3,993 1,331 February 1,346 1,163 1,158 3,667 1,222 March 1,427 1,137 1,059 3,623 1,208 April 1,052 1,346 1,353 3,751 1,250 May 995 922 856 2,773 924 June 1,287 1,003 913 3,203 1,068 July 1,024 1,250 1,196 3,470 1,157 August 1,250 957 795 3,002 1,001 September 1,039 1,350 1,053 3,442 1,147 October 1,050 1,033 1,157 3,240 1,080 November 1,394 926 1,006 3,326 1,109 December 1,192 1,452 1,329 3,973 1,324 TOTAL 14,470 13,775 13,218 41,463 13,821

Source: Orange County Coroner

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